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Ending the year with a wedding

Rochester, N.Y. - As the year comes to an end it was the perfect opportunity for one couple to start a new.

With only a few days home on leave John Chermack married his fiance Emily.

Kind of feeling that you get, and you only get it once, said John Chermack when asked how he knew Emily was the one.

The date, New Years Eve, just fell into place for them.

It was kind of by chance, he was only allowed to be home for a week and it kind of aligned with getting the marriage license and everything, said Emily Chermack. But it was a good day to do it, a holiday and right before the year ended too - so we got 2013!

It gives us a whole new year to have all our firsts, said John Chermack.

While the day was about the couple it also had special meaning for the man who joined them as husband and wife.

After 27 years of working for the city of Rochester and serving the last two decades as City Clerk, Tuesday was Dan Karins last day before retiring.

It's easily been the best part of the job because you know for that moment you are helping two people who love each other get married, said Dan Karin, who says his work has become more than just a job over the years. Like a lot of us, once you got here you figure out theres just a bunch of good, smart people working here trying to do a good job on behalf of the community and it sticks. It just becomes a part of something that's important.

Neither the Chermack's nor Karin knows what's in store for 2014 but as 2013 comes to a close they have a memory of a moment that marks a milestone in each of their lives.

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